Ex-PLAN combatant urges young people to be proud of national days

07 Aug 2019 10:10am
OTAVI, 07 AUG (NAMPA) - Former People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) member in the Otjozondjupa Region has called on the youth in the country to be proud and develop the desire in attending national liberation struggle events.
Bartholomeus Shangheta on Tuesday in an interview with Nampa expressed concern that young people seem to have little desire in attending such events through which they could learn how the country was liberated from the yoke of colonialism by the South African apartheid regime.
He said the history of the Namibian liberation struggle is very interesting and therefore needs to be taught in schools while suggesting that it should be made compulsory for young people to attend and commemorate national days such as the independence, cassinga and Heroes’ Days.
“The youth should also be taught to respect their war veterans, of which many are disabled today due to the wars in which they fought to liberate this country from the apartheid administration,” he added, saying the peace which is prevailing currently in the country was gained through those sacrifices.
Namibians must not to take the peace they enjoy for granted and must gather on 26 August each year to remember those heroes and heroines whose blood waters their freedoms, he advised..
The 61-year-old Otavi-based war veteran and ex-PLAN combatant was a political and military commissar in Angola from 1980 to 1989 where he served under the skilful commands of Chief of the Namibia Central Intelligence Services, Fillemon Malima, Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Frans Kapofi and retired Chief of Prisons and Correctional Services, Commissioner Evaristus Shikongo amongst others.
Shangheta is the founding constituency councillor of Otavi from 1992 until 2010.
A resident at Otavi, Nelson Rijarua said the youth’s participation in celebrations and commemorations of national days is lacking every year and called on parents and school teachers to encourage children to take part.
“I know the value and significance of these days, but for me who works overtime, on such days it is difficult to attend,” Saul Nanuseb, 38, said.